The S.C. Senate has given initial approval to a $7 billion budget plan that would expand four-year-old kindergarten to thousands of children from low-income households. In so doing, it's rejected an effort to restore $16 million to local governments, according to The Associated Press.
Sen. Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg), who’s hoping to be the Democrats’ challenger to Lindsey Graham, filibustered for nearly four hours Wednesday to block budget cuts to two state colleges that some Republican lawmakers want to punish for assigning gay-themed summer reading that they call “pornographic.” Today’s vote on the matter promises to be close. Here’s The Post and Courier’s report.
Sen. Vincent Sheheen continues his campaign to damage Gov. Nikki Haley in the run-up to their November gubernatorial rematch, calling now for the full report on the 2012 hacking at the Department of Revenue to be made public, WLTX reports. Democrats continually point to the breach as evidence of incompetence on Haley’s part. Meanwhile, the governor’s office says it has already disclosed all relevant information except that which would make “South Carolina more vulnerable.”
Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson scored a major win in his dispute with council members as a court rejected an attempt by the latter to limit his authority.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
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Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
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